6 Days Harp Making Workshop, under the guidance of Sylvester Charbin (France) 5th - 10th October 2016
Outline: TEACHER: SYLVESTRE CHARBIN (Harp Maker from CPFI – Centre du Patrimoine de la Facture Instrumentale, Le Mans, France) MODEL: 23 STRING LAP HARP (No levers) PRICE: £ 650 This includes the cost of all materials needed to construct and finish the harp PROCEDURE: Students are required to adjust and glue together different parts of the instrument following the drawing plan. It is not just a kit because students have to cut some parts of wood to the right size and fit the different pieces together. Students will use a plan to work on the soundboard and adjust the response of the instrument. Students can shape their instrument as they wish with a degree of freedom to personalize it. Students will learn how to draw the instrument, how it works, what to do with the wood, which woods are preferable and why, how the shape and thickness and quality of the wood affect the sound of the instrument, how the sound changes if the design is modified, to understand the mechanical forces that affect the instrument, etc … OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this workshop is not just to build your own harp. It will also give you an insight into instrument making. By the end of the course, in addition to the harp you have made, you should have a thorough understanding of the relationship between the design of theinstrument and the sound it produces. With this knowledge you will never look at a harp again in the same way. This course provides an excellent starting point for those wishing to take their harp playing to a professional level.
SYLVESTRE CHARBIN’S BIOGRAPHY Sylvestre Charbin was born in 1971. He is a self-taught musician and from an early age he loved to work with wood. After completing his formal education with a Master’s degree in cell biology at the University of Rennes he returned to his first love for and in the 1990s began to make musical instruments, developing his particular interest at that time in the making of flutes. Sylvestre joined the CPFI (Centre du Patrimoine de la Facture Instrumentale) in 1999. CPFI is an organisation set up to collect music, musical instruments and musical know-how from artists world-wide and share these with other artists and the wider public. The Centre has a collection of 3,000 instruments from many different countries, which are played and exhibited and in constant need of care. Having taught himself guitar making Sylvestre completed his first instrument in 2000. Because of his great interest on Celtic culture and music, Sylvestre then turned to the harp – he made his first harp in 2002. In the years that followed his love and interest in harp building grew stronger than ever. In the CPFI, Sylvestre is responsible for the care and repair of the instrument collection, and also for running master-classes in instrument making. Since 2008 he has organized and run harp making courses as part of the International Harp Festival of Dinan in Brittany and at the Centre in Le Mans. Over this time course participants have built around 80 harps. Students have come from all over Europe, the United States and Japan to take part.
Outline: No experience of playing the harp. Course suggested: ‘Come and Try the Harp’, 1 session x 1.5 hours, £15
Teacher: Audrey Cameron Finnemore
Outline: Even if you have already taken some lessons, you still need help with the basic technique. Course suggested: “Beginners”, 2 sessions x 1.5 hours, £30
Post Beginners and Intermediate
Teachers: Cheyenne Brown and Mike Parker
Outline: Even if you have already taken some lessons, you still need help with the basic technique. Course suggested: “Beginners”, 2 sessions x 1.5 hours, £30 Outline: Your technique is established and you are able to work at moderate speed or stretch yourself. Course suggested: “ Intermediate”, 3 sessions x 3 hrs, £90
TIMETABLE: Thursday 6th October 2016 REGISTRATION: 12:00 – 17:00 All participants are invited to register at the FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE in Ryde Methodist Church COURSES: Thursday 6th October 13:30 – 15:00 Absolute Beginners ‘Come and Try the Harp’ Methodist Church Lecture Room Friday 7th October 9:30 – 11:00 9:00 – 12:00 9:00 – 12:00 Beginners Methodist Church Post Beginners St. Mary’s Church Intermediate St. Mary’s Church Lecture Room St. Therese Hall Minghella Gallery Saturday 8th October 9:30 – 11:00 Beginners Methodist Church Lecture Room 9:00 – 12:00 Post Beginners St. Mary’s Church St. Therese Hall 9:00 – 12:00 Intermediate St. Mary’s Church Minghella Gallery Sunday 9th October 9:00 – 12:00 Post Beginners St. Mary’s Church St Therese Hall 9:00 – 12:00 Intermediate St. Mary’s Church Minghella Gallery